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I respectfully disagree with VonStoven. The reason Apple precludes Flash on mobile devices has nothing at all to do with an agenda or a feud or stubborness.

The problem is that Flash doesn't work well on mobile devices. Any mobile device. In fact, I don't think there are yet any mobile devices that are running Flash yet, are there? It's been in beta forever and Adobe can't get it out the door (or couldn't deliver in a timely fashion).

Steve, in his essay, left the door wide open for Flash -- but it has to be efficient, lightweight and equally good on all platforms (read: Apple). He essentially said, "when you've got something like that, give us a call."

Adobe hasn't called.

HTML5 clearly isn't better than Flash at everything, and nobody at Apple has ever said that. What HTML5 *is* better at is in being open, being available to all platforms and browsers equally, and in demanding far fewer resources to do the jobs it does. Steve is absolutely right that the web in general should not be so dependent on a proprietary delivery mechanism -- be it Adobe, be it Microsoft, be it Apple.